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Youth nursing programs training tomorrow's workforce


Locally and nationally, health-care professionals are examining, exploring and expanding their practices to staunch the statistical bleeding of hospital nurses who are exiting the field due to retirement and other factors.

New strategies are deemed necessary to replenish a dwindling workforce.

The decline in those choosing a traditional nursing career predates the scourge of COVID-19. According to data from the American Nurses Association, by next year, Registered Nursing jobs will far outnumber those of any other profession, exceeding 100,000 vacancies per year. This shortfall is due largely to the U.S.’ burgeoning aging population and its health needs, along with approximately a half-million RNs themselves projected to retire by the end of 2022. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a need for more than one million RNs to replace them.

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